Gary England is the Founder and Director of American Big Guys.  A native of Indianapolis Indiana, he attended college at the University of Alabama on a track and field scholarship and received a BFA in Art and Design.  He has owned several businesses in apparel design and sales, fitness equipment design and sales, information network installation and service, and design consulting.  Additionally he has coached collegiately at Auburn University, University of Kansas, Villanova, Central Florida, Franklin College and Tulane University.

 

Gary started the team out of his pocket in 1989 with three throwers at the National Championships in Houston Texas, over the years he has published a newsletter, lobbied for the throws at the National Convention, hosted the First US Throws Coaches Summit and that same year started the Traveling Big Guys Party. Over the years he has been more and less involved in fielding a team, personal tragedy put an end to all but the party in 1995 but in 2015 with the generous help from one of his former throwers he took the team Non-Profit and began the rebuilding.

 

Athletic Accomplishments:

Indiana State High School Shot Put Champion

Indiana All State Football Player

SEC Indoor and Outdoors Shot Put Champion and Record Holder

NCAA Indoor Shot Put Champion

NCAA Outdoor Shot Put Runner Up

USOC Olympic Sports Festival Runner Up

Olympic Trials Shot Put Qualifier

USOC Olympic Sports Festival Javelin Finalist

Olympic Trails Javelin Qualifier

USA Masters Shot Put Champion

USA Masters Discus Champion

USA Masters Weight Pentathlon Champion

World Masters Shot Put Champion

World Masters Weight Pentathlon Champion

World Masters Weight Pentathlon Runner Up

Indiana State Olympic Lifting Champion

Region 7 Powerlifting Champion

 

Coaching Accomplishments

USATF National Men’s Javelin Champion

NCAA National Javelin Runner Up

USATF Junior National Women’s Javelin Champion

USATF Junior National Men’s Decathlon Champion

USA vrs Canada Challenge Decathlon Champion

USOC Olympic Festival Finalist

Goodwill Games Participant

Fourteen NCAA Division I Conference Champions

Four NCAA Division I All-Americans

Administrative Accomplishments

Men's Track and Field Chairman, Indiana TAC/USA

Assistant Meet Director, USA/USSR Lite Summer Games

Assistant Meet Director, Southeastern Conference Championships

Assistant Meet Director, 64th Annual Kansas Relay

Speaker NCAA Indoor Championships Track and Field Clinic

National Shot Put Coordinator, USATF Sport Science and Medicine  

Director, First USATF United States Throws Coaches Summit

Assistant Coach, United States Olympic Festival

Feature Speaker, Nike/Rhode Island High School Track and Field Clinic

Board Member, National Collegiate Weightlifting

Executive Director, World Throwers Organization

Track and Field Director, Florida Senior Games Championships

 American Big Guys Throwing Team   A Not for Profit Organization                                                                       Established 1989